Partial knee menisectomy is a very common surgery that involves removing the torn part of the meniscus. The meniscus is a natural shock absorber for the knee. In fact, in America alone, we perform about 700,000 of these surgeries per year, making it one of the most common orthopedic surgeries. While most patients think they’re getting a meniscus repair procedure, the truth is, 96% of these surgeries just remove a piece of the shock absorber, leaving your knee less protected.
There have been many high-quality research studies over the past decade or more that were designed to answer the specific question, “Is surgery necessary for a torn meniscus?” What did they show? All three large studies showed that meniscus surgery was not effective or no better than just physical therapy.
We offer innovative non-surgical procedures that may help decrease pain and improve knee function and mobility without the need for surgery.
Meniscus surgery is traumatic and carries associated risks. Even successful surgeries require months of painful rehab to regain strength and mobility. After surgery, most patients will be on crutches, wear a brace, or some combination of both for several weeks before returning back to normal activity. The recovery time and rehabilitation period may be extended up to six weeks with a knee brace or crutches.
Keep in mind that there may even be some complications associated with meniscus surgery, prolonging the recovery period even more. This includes complications with anesthesia, such as respiratory or cardiac malfunction, infections, and injury to nerves and blood vessels, fracture, weakness, stiffness or instability of the joint, inability to repair the meniscus, repeated rupture of the meniscus, or the need for additional surgeries.
Can you ever truly recover from parts of your knee meniscus being removed surgically? In the long run, almost all meniscus surgeries accelerate degeneration that leads to osteoarthritis and exacerbate the biomechanical problems that initially led to the need for the surgery.
Meniscus tears are like wrinkles; they are unavoidable. Some of us get more of them at a young age and some of us don’t get a lot of them until we’re older. The meniscus gets small tears as we age and as the knee joint begins to wear out. For example, in middle-aged and elderly patients, taking an MRI of patients with no knee pain and those with ongoing knee pain will reveal that both groups have about the same amount of meniscus tears. If these things usually don’t cause pain, why are we operating on them? If our surgeries are no better than fake surgeries, why are we placing all of these patients at the risk of surgical complications?
Recent research shows that some of the most popular orthopedic knee surgeries, including meniscectomies, have no benefit and are not more effective than placebo or sham surgery. But can a meniscus tear heal on its own when left untreated? Non-surgical treatments for meniscus tears for healing on their own include physical therapy, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Interventional orthopedics also provides a non-surgical injection alternative that may prove beneficial in reducing pain and improving function.
Have you been told that invasive surgery is your only option to fix your torn ACL? Getting your ACL replaced permanently alters the mechanics of the knee joint. You have other options when it comes to treating your ACL injury. In fact, about 70% of all ACL tears that currently get surgery could have been treated with a precise injection.
Your body is built to repair itself and our goal is to save your ACL, not replace it. We offer a non-surgical alternative for ACL tears that requires advanced injection skills using X-ray guidance, which may aide the healing of your ACL tear, while reducing pain and increasing function.
Dr. Qamar Khan’s residency program allowed him to be trained at the top orthopedic spine and sports, physical medicine & rehabilitation, and pain management programs in Chicago. He completed his medical residency training at Rush University Medical Center with additional training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago Medical Center, and Loyola University Medical Center. This makes Dr. Khan one of the most well-rounded and best-trained physicians in the field of interventional spine & pain management in the country.
Dr. Khan was selected to be Chief Resident for his Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program during which time he excelled the program in the field of interventional spine and pain management training and was subsequently selected as Resident of the Year by his peers at the conclusion of residency.
Dr. Khan furthered his training by completing an ACGME accredited pain medicine fellowship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center under the top leading experts in Pain Medicine where he was noted to be the Top Interventional Fellow in his class. Dr. Qamar Khan’s specialty and subspecialty training make him an Expert in acute/chronic pain conditions and an interventional spine specialist.
Dr. Qamar Khan recently received The 2013 Patients’ Choice Award by Vitals.Com which was rated & awarded by patients like you. Patients’ Choice recognition reflects the difference doctors make in the lives of their patients. The honor is bestowed on physicians and dentists who have received near-perfect scores, as voted by their patients.
Dr. Qamar Khan has been ranked as The National Champion in Pain Management among Top Specialists in the USA and also noted as the Top Pain Management Specialist in Utah by HealthTap! HealthTap is a top health advice mobile app as featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, NBC, the Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, etc. HealthTap’s goal is to help people better understand health, make more informed health decisions and find the very best doctors.
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